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    Paraphrase a sentence

    Hello,
    I cannot understand how the following sentence was composed. Can anybody explain the structure of the sentence and give a couple sentences with the same structure?
    The sentence is "So much in our society is about making more and more money."

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    Re: Paraphrase a sentence

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    I think the problem is the meaning of "so much" here. If you know its meaning then it wouldn't so difficult to understand how the sentence is composed.
    I don't have the answer but I just found one here. That may be helpful.
    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2720737

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    Re: Paraphrase a sentence

    Hi, anhnha.

    Is it grammatically correct to write "... then it wouldn't (...)"? What does come after wouldn't, please?

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    Re: Paraphrase a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Hi, anhnha.

    Is it grammatically correct to write "... then it wouldn't (...)"? What does come after wouldn't, please?
    I made a mistake. It should be "it wouldn't be so difficult...."

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    Re: Paraphrase a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    Hello,
    I cannot understand how the following sentence was composed. Can anybody explain the structure of the sentence and give a couple sentences with the same structure?

    The sentence is "So much in our society is about making more and more money."
    Great question!

    "So much" is an idiomatic expression. It means:

    - a great deal, a great deal of
    - a lot, a lot of
    - a huge amount, a huge amount of
    - a big serving or portion, a big serving or portion of

    We say:

    - "I love you so much!"
    - "I ate so much cake!"

    Or you can think of it structurally. It implies an unstated thought:

    - "I love you so much (that I'm floating!)"
    - "I ate so much cake (that I won't eat again for a week)!"


    It's conversational short-hand.

    Now the sentence makes perfect sense, right?
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 10-Aug-2014 at 15:07.

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    Re: Paraphrase a sentence

    Thank you for answers.
    Charlie, it is a great explanation, thank you. It is clearer for me now.

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    NortT ...
    ..., there is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you" or to quote our replies back to us. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.
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